SURPRISE: WE’RE PREGNANT!

I’m so happy to finally share our little secret we’ve been keeping from social media: WE ARE EXPECTING! It’s still so crazy to me, because I am still in shock over the fact that I am pregnant! Many of you might know I’ve dealt with a lot of health problems; I was diagnosed with Prolactinoma a few years ago & had to be put on medication to regulate my prolactin levels & regulate my periods. The medication was mandatory, if I ever wanted to have children in the future (because having prolactinoma can affect fertility!) So becoming pregnant without any trouble, was truly a huge blessing. I’m very thankful. 

Tomorrow I am 15 weeks pregnant! My estimated due date is December 6th, 2018. I am in my second trimester & I have been lucky enough to have an “easy” pregnancy thus far.

NO MORNING SICKNESS AT ALL. Just very tired! I do notice that if I don’t eat on time or wait too long to eat, I can become sick or nauseas! So I try and snack, drink water, and eat when my body is telling me that I’m hungry.

A lot of you may know this already, but my twin sister is ALSO pregnant! She is currently 31 weeks along! We are about 4 months apart, and I’m SO grateful to be pregnant together. Although we live 6 hours away, that’s not a forever thing. I do plan on moving back after baby is born & school is done… which leads me to my next topic: College.

I am only two semesters away from graduating college, but since I’m pregnant I’m taking some time off from school! I made the decision to finish strong & complete my degree at SFSU! My graduation date has been pushed back, but it doesn’t even matter to me at this point! As long as I complete college, that’s all that matters to me!

This past weekend we went down to Los Angeles to celebrate my twin sister’s baby shower, and to take some pregnancy announcement photos! My brother-in-law did such an amazing job! I am in love with how they turned out!! I picked Descanso Gardens, and it truly was the perfect location.

 

We also found out the sex of the baby: it’s a GIRL! I went to the same place my sister went to find out her baby’s sex. We are both having girls!!! We already have a name picked out, but won’t be sharing until way later on, or maybe even after birth! It’s an exciting time for sure, so many life changes happening- and I cannot believe we are in this next chapter of our lives. I’ve always known I wanted to be a mother, and my goal was to have my first baby before 30. Baby girl will be born after my 26th birthday, and I think it worked out perfectly.

Dexter, my partner, is over the moon with excitement & joy. He is going to be a great daddy to our little one. We’ve known each other/ had our first date 7 years ago. Although our relationship has experienced many highs & lows; I’m so thankful for the short amount of time we spent apart over a year ago, because it’s made us grateful for one another. It’s put the important things into perspective. I can’t wait to see where life takes us. I love being on this new adventure together.

 

 

a much needed break.

It’s been too long since I’ve blogged! I’ve been swamped with school/homework/studying/finals. I am so glad to be done with another semester. Two more semesters & I’ll be a college graduate. I’m looking forward to it so much! This semester wasn’t that interesting, most of the classes I took were boring. The only thing I care about is passing them, and getting one step closer to graduation! (phew!)

There’s a couple big changes happening in the near future! The first one being, we are moving again. That’s always a pain in the butt, because I have to start packing and organizing everything. I loathe moving, but I’ve done it so many times I’m basically a pro! I’m moving out of the current city I live in, and I’m looking forward to being in a new area to explore! I’m still in Northern California, and won’t be moving from the Bay Area until I’m done with college, most likely. Next is: my twin sister’s baby shower is happening in under 3 weeks! I cannot wait to share photos! I just ordered her cake from this cute bakery in Los Angeles, I’ve gotten all the cute Etsy baby shower decorations delivered, and I already have my outfit planned! I’m so ready for this big day & to shower my sister with love.

Since my sister is due in August, and I’m not taking summer school classes this year, I’m planning on spending a few weeks with my sister and brother-in-law! I haven’t spent good quality time with her in so long, since we both live 6 hours away from one another. I want to help her with the finishing touches of baby girl’s nursery, go on target/tjmaxx trips together, watch movies, and possibly go to prenatal yoga with her! (so fun!)

Next post should be about the baby shower! I hope everyone has a good rest of their week! Any big life changes happening in your life? Anything exciting going on this summer?

 

xo

 

HELLO APRIL!

Happy April! Spring is here, the trees are blooming, and my allergies are going NUTS. I have allergies year round, but these past couple of days it’s been so bad. The pollen from the blooms are making my eyes so itchy, ugh. I’m hoping it’ll get better.

Anyway, a couple weekends ago my sisters and our significant others went to Roaring Camp Railroads, in Felton. It was so beautiful, it was my first time there. It’s right next to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, which has beautiful trails to hike on! If you’re ever in the area, I recommend checking it out.

I love being able to spend time with my sisters, especially since my twin sister lives 6 hours away from me. Luckily my little sister is only 1 hour away! So whenever we get together, we always have such a fun time. All of us get along so well, and I hope sometime in the near future we can all live a little bit closer.

 

It’s a new month, what are some goals you have? I would love to start going on daily walks, or  hitting 10,000 steps daily. I think this is a pretty reasonable goal for myself. Eat more fruits & veggies. Drink more water & cut down on caffeine. <—- that will be super hard for me! I’m a big coffee drinker, and have at least 2 cups/day. But I’d like to cut it down to 1 cup/day. Wish me luck!

I hope everyone has a wonderful month ahead! I am literally counting down the days until Spring semester is done and over with: 1 month & 15 days! Haha! There’s so much to look forward to these upcoming months, I’m very excited. I’ll be planning/hosting my sister’s baby shower, hanging out with family, and weekend trips. Talk to you guys soon!

 

CARBON COCO: NATURAL TEETH WHITENING

I’m super excited about today’s post! I’ve been wanting to try teeth whitening products for a long time, but I’ve been apprehensive about it. My reasoning? I didn’t want something to irritate my mouth, or make my teeth hurt/overly sensitive. I drink coffee DAILY, so I know my teeth could use a boost!

I got so excited when CARBON COCO reached out to me to try their products. A little bit about them: they are an Australian based company that provides all-natural teeth whitening & oral care.

 

I got the ULTIMATE CARBON KIT and it includes: a bamboo bristle toothbrush, activated charcoal tooth polish, and activated charcoal toothpaste.

My thoughts: The toothbrush is great, and the bristles are very soft. The activated charcoal tooth polish was interesting to use at first; I wasn’t used to having black stuff all over my teeth. Haha!  But I got used to it after a few times. How did it taste? It didn’t have a distinct taste to it (I was certain it was going to taste weird because of how it looked, but it didn’t). After the tooth polish, you use the activated charcoal toothpaste. I love that it is spearmint flavor, refreshing and it foams up so nicely! I started seeing results in a little over a week into using both the polish & toothpaste (it’s recommended to use them twice daily which I did). It didn’t make my teeth sensitive or hurt which was a MAJOR bonus for me because I’ve experienced that with whitening strips & I never used them again. I’m very satisfied with my experience and results using Carbon Coco, thank you Carbon Coco!

 

 

Something I really love & appreciate about Carbon Coco? They are vegan-friendly & cruelty-free! Yay! I hope you guys check out CARBON COCO & get whiter teeth! Visit & follow them on their INSTAGRAM PAGE for more information.

 

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!

 

 

*c/o Carbon Coco, all thoughts and reviews are my own.

MY TWIN SISTER IS PREGNANT: I’M GOING TO BE AN AUNT!

Happy March! This past weekend I went down to Southern California to visit my twin sister, her husband, and my parents. I never mentioned it on my blog, but she’s pregnant with her first child! I AM SO EXCITED & HAPPY. I can’t even explain! I’M GOING TO BE AN AUNT! This will be the first grand-child for my parents, so it’s a huge deal.

So the reason for the visit was to find out the gender of the baby. Everyone made bets on what the baby would be, and I was 100% sure the baby would be a boy! But baby Hurst is a…. GIRL! My sister and I went to Target after finding out (of course!), and I had to buy her a little outfit to commemorate the occasion! She is due August, so she’ll be a little summer baby. They already have a name picked out, but won’t share it until she’s born, which I think is a good idea just incase they change their mind!

Everyone is overjoyed! It’s unreal to think that in just 5 short months baby Hurst will be here. I can’t wait to hold her. This is a big life change for everyone, but we are so ready to start this new chapter.

 

 

Some things I’m looking forward to?

-Seeing Vicky’s belly grow bigger

-Feeling the baby move

-Planning her baby shower

-Being present for the birth

-Holding baby girl for the first time

I’m a pretty emotional person, so I know the first time I’ll look into her eyes, I’m going to bawl. The next baby related post will be her baby shower, or things I want to buy the baby! Stay tuned, I’m officially THAT AUNT now. HA!

 

 

xo

10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ME:

The end of February is finally here. This month flew by for me. It was probably one of the worst months I’ve had since the new year started. I’ve been feeling very stressed out + overwhelmed lately. Things that have to do with my personal life, and with school. Sometimes I feel like it’s never-ending, and I wonder when I’ll be able to catch a break from feeling this way. I’m happy to say BYE to February, but I want to have a positive mindset for March.

So to end February on a good note, I wanted to do a “10 things you didn’t know about me” post. Maybe you’ll learn something new about me, either way here it goes…

ONE: I have 3 siblings: 1 older brother, 1 Fraternal twin sister, and one younger sister.

TWO: When I was in elementary school I wanted to be a Teacher. When I was in middle school I wanted to be an Actress (that was short lived). In high school I changed my mind from News Anchor to Nurse or something to do in Advertising. (I guess you can say I was very indecisive with choosing a distinct career path- can you say TOO MUCH PRESSURE?) What did I ultimately choose? Marketing. I want to have a job where I have the option to work from home. (ha!)

THREE: My dream job? To be a published writer.

FOUR: INFJ personality.

FIVE: I have loved Leonardo DiCaprio since I was 5 years old. Not even joking. He will always be my number one crush. (does anyone not know this already???)

SIX: My first job was being a Carhop for Sonic Drive-In. I fell on my skates too many times to count, so embarrassing! (my twin sister and I both got hired together)

SEVEN: I collect books. Any chance I see a bookstore, I’ll want to go inside.

EIGHT: I studied abroad in Paris a year ago & fell madly in love with traveling and Europe. I did a solo-trip through Italy. (a life highlight/one of my proudest moments, thus far)

NINE: I’m a hopeless romantic, but still very much a realist. Yes, you can be both.

TEN: I have six tattoos. One of them is my grandmother’s birth year. I want more!

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week. Midterms here I come….

xo

 

SHOES I’M LOVING:

We are already halfway through February, can you believe it? That means we are heading closer to Springtime! There are a few shoes I’ve been eyeing… I probably won’t get all of them, but a girl can dream! Right? I’m a sucker for a nice pair of shoes. Here are some of my favorites right now:

 

 

New Balance Pink Sneakers.

 

 

 

Flamingo Pink Seychelles Electric Pump.

 

 

 

Free People Cedar Clog.

 

 

 

Free People Park Circle Clog.

 

 

 

Soludos Teddy + Gigi Espadrilles.

 

 

 

Anthropologie Bow Kitten Heels.

 

 

 

Soludos Ciao Bella Espadrilles.

 

 

Did you notice a theme? I’m loving all the pink shoes!! They are SO cute. I would buy all these  if I could, but that’s just not realistic on a college student budget. Hah! I’m thinking of purchasing the New Balance ones, since I am trying to be more active lately. But I am smitten with the Free People Park Circle clogs. TO DIE FOR. Which one is your favorite from the list?

 

I hope you all have a great week ahead!

 

 

xo

MAPLE HOLISTICS: SILK 18 CONDITIONER.

Happy Friday, I hope everyone had a great week. The weather has been nearly perfect! I’m looking forward to the weekend, maybe go on a little hike or walk by the beach. What are your plans?

Anyway, a company I have worked with before (see from this blogpost) Maple Holistics was generous enough to let me test out their #1 best selling conditioner: Silk 18. I was super excited to see how it smelled and what it could do for my hair.

First off, it smells SO good. I’m a huge fan of vanilla scents, and this conditioner smells like a vanilla cupcake. YUM. I love how soft it leaves my hair feeling after one wash. I’ve used this conditioner for almost 2 weeks, and it’s become apart of my hair routine. I have mentioned before that I like to change up my hair products, and I think this is one you should try!

I like a conditioner that makes my hair shiny, moisturized, smooth, and doesn’t weigh my hair down. I think Silk 18 does a good job of fulfilling my hair needs! It is sulfate free, contains amino acids, argan, shea butter, jojoba, and botanical keratin. I love it! Can I mention that it’s also reallllly affordable?


Make sure to get your free samples here. You can try different products for free, like their tea tree oil, biotin shampoo, and much more.

Also check out their their blog for more information!

 

Have a great weekend!

xo

 

 

 

*complimentary from Maple Holistics, all reviews are my own.

MAUI: PART III

Happy February! I can’t believe we are in the second month of the new year. Taking five classes this semester is keeping me so busy, time is seriously flying by so quickly! I have such a tight schedule with assignments and readings, it’s non-stop. The weather has been PERFECT these past couple of days. It feels like Spring here in the Bay Area: 70’s and sunny. I am loving every minute of it.

I am sharing the last pictures I have from Maui. I hope you enjoy them!

Haleakala National Park

 

 

Wailea

 

 

Kaanapali

 

 

Maalaea

 

 

 

Maui was incredible. 11 days was the perfect amount of time to relax and explore the island. I cannot wait to go back! I hope you all have a wonderful week.

xo

MAUI: PART II

Happy Friday! I hope everyone is having a better week than I am! I have been having the worst stomach pains these past 3-4 days, so  I went to the doctor today… I was told I have gastritis. I’ve been feeling so down, stressed, and overwhelmed because the semester just started & this is something I do not need to deal with right now. I hope the pain goes away in a day or two with the medicine I was prescribed. It’s seriously been the roughest couple of days. NOT HAPPY AT ALL. I’m so confused on how I even got it to begin with….  but enough about that, let’s jump into pretty Maui pictures!

Dexter and I went whale watching, and it was something I’ve been dying to do for so long. When I found out that whale watching season is during Nov-May, I knew we had to go! It was a sunny day, and we were lucky enough to see a lot of whales! Mostly baby calfs & their mothers. We only got one really good picture of a baby calf, because the whales were either too far away, or by the time we got the camera they were gone. Regardless, it was an amazing experience. Since I live close to the coast in California, I want to try going in Monterey or so.

 

Lahaina Harbor

 

 

 

The Road to Hana

 

 

 

Having drinks at the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea 

 

I have part III coming soon & that’ll be my final Maui series on the blog! I have so many pictures, and I wanted to share as much as I could with you all. Are you planning a trip to Maui? Have any questions to ask me, feel free to leave a comment! Side note: I also have some exciting reviews coming soon… so stay tuned for that! I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

 

 

xo